How to Make a Hospital Birth a Natural Birth: After the Baby is Born
Once the baby is caught the doctor will suck any embryonic fluid out of the newborn baby's lungs. Quickly wash off the newborn baby, weigh and measure them. Then diaper them and hand them over to the mother or father. During this small amount of time it may feel like an eternity, and if you would prefer you can request to hold your baby as soon as they are born. Holding your baby is a very natural thing and there are some things that you can do while at a hospital to keep things natural for you and your baby.
Request to Hold Your Baby as Soon as Possible
When you arrive at the hospital make sure that the doctor that will be delivering your baby knows that you want to be able to hold your baby as soon as they are born. That way you can calm your baby if they are crying and wait to weigh, measure and diaper the baby. One thing that the doctor may do before they hand you the baby is suck all of the embryonic fluid out of their lungs.
You will want to make sure the hospital understands that you don't want your baby to have any formula. You can make cards, your hospital may have some already, that say that your baby is strictly breast-fed.
Have the Baby Sleep With You
There is no reason that the baby will need to sleep outside of your room if you have to stay overnight or want to take a nap before you go home. Insist that the baby stays in the room with you at all times.
Be Close to the Baby as Much as Possible
When it does come time for the staff to weigh, measure and diaper the baby if it is possible be near your newborn and hold his hand. If you are unable to, have the baby's daddy be with near him during this time.
Include Your Preference for Your Baby in the Birth Plan
You can make a birth plan that is specifically for your newborn baby or you can include what you want in your birth plan for the labor and birth. That way you will be sure to remember to tell the hospital exactly what you do and don't want for your baby.
Unless there is a serious reason that the doctors feel that your newborn baby needs instant medical attention there won't be any reason that you can't make your newborn baby's first day in life out of the womb a natural transition.